I realize you’re tired of the competing campaign ads in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race. All that noise annoys me, too.
As the president of the Alabama Retail Association, however, my job includes familiarizing myself with political candidates and sharing what I find with you. The Sept. 26 Republican Party runoff is just two weeks from today, so it is my duty to inform you about the U.S. Senate race. Hopefully, I can bring some clarity to the situation.
I know both individuals seeking the Republican nomination to become Alabama’s junior senator. I’ve dealt with them both firsthand.
Roy Moore is not good for Alabama. He never has been.
As an Alabama Supreme Court justice, Moore consistently voted with the trial lawyers. And trial lawyers are heavily bankrolling his U.S. Senate campaign. (See WSJ Sept. 10 article: Steve Bannon gets in bed with the plaintiff bar to elect Roy Moore)
It is not in the best interest of Alabama businesses to elect a U.S. senator in whom the plaintiff bar is so heavily invested.
Roy Moore has twice been removed from office for not following the law. It is not in the state’s best interest, nor does it make sense, to give him the opportunity to make the law.
The candidate your association’s board of directors chose to endorse, Luther Strange, has always been responsive to the needs of retailers and our association.
Your board of directors and myself aren’t the only ones who believe Luther Strange is the best choice for U.S. senator.
The Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee, which is made up of 23 associations or business members, including the Alabama Retail Association, has issued a memo detailing why its members and their employees should vote for Luther Strange.
I hope you’ll take the time to read the memo and learn more about why Roy Moore is the “great hope of trial lawyers,” while Luther Strange is the clear choice for retailers, the business community and our state.
Only those who voted in the Aug. 15 Republican primary and those who did not vote in the primary at all are eligible to vote in the GOP primary runoff (register to vote here).
If you fall into those two categories of voters, the Alabama Retail Association strongly encourages you to vote and to ask your employees and associates to vote Tuesday, Sept. 26, for U.S. Sen. Luther Strange (Guidelines for communicating about elections to your employees). Please do your part to make the voice of retailing and business heard in the U.S. Senate.
Rick Brown, President
Alabama Retail Association